19 Aug 2020
FLYING IN THE AGE OF COVID-19
In North America, March, April, and May all broke Argus’s previous all-time record low for flight activity—February 2009, the bottom of the Great Recession. April 2020, the nadir, registered 47,771 flights, compared with more than 250,000 in April 2019. Charter was down 67 percent, private flights were off 72 percent, and fractional flight hours declined 80 percent. Europe, already in a prolonged bizav slump, saw year-over-year activity drop more than 70 percent in April as lockdowns took hold, and remain down more than 60 percent in May. In early June, business aviation activity was 49 percent lower year over year in North America and 51 percent globally, according to Hamburg, Germany–based WingX.